If a term does not appear here, it does not mean that it is illegitimate; it simply means that it is not one that I regularly use in my writings.
: in my writings, this usually refers to the American Psychiatric Association, the organization that publishes the DSM (the so-called “psychiatric bible”).
The same acronym may also refer to the American Psychological Association (who I sometimes refer to as the “good APA,” because they have historically been more progressive and less pathologizing than their psychiatric counterpart).
This is the online glossary for my third book: Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism.
It begins with a brief introductory essay, followed by the glossary itself (which you can skip ahead to by clicking that link).
To the contrary, I think that it is perfectly understandable why marginalized individuals (whether fictional stigmatized guitarists, or real-life transgender people) would want to change the language that is often used to undermine or injure them.
But I also worry about the (typically under-discussed) negative ramifications of these constant shifts in language.But nowadays, I strive to avoid word-sabotage - when our belief that our favored word is inherently appropriate, righteous, liberating, and/or inclusive, leads us to automatically presume that people who use alternative language must be behaving in an offensive, incorrect, repressive, and/or exclusionary manner.I have also become suspicious of word-elimination strategies - when we point to some aspect of a word’s origin, history, aesthetic quality (or lack thereof), literal meaning, alternate definitions, potential misinterpretations or connotations, or occasional exclusionary or defamatory usage, and use that as an excuse to claim that the term is oppressive and should be eliminated from the lexicon.This approach ignores the fact that most words are highly contextual, exhibiting multiple meanings or differing connotations depending upon the context.Many words and phrases can be used in both positive and negative ways, or in productive and disparaging ways.Glossaries can be quite useful, especially for books on specialized topics (e.g., transgender activism) that rely on subject-specific terminology.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating